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Clever application of magnetic force enhances laparoscopic surgery

Pietro Valdastri is convinced that the of can make easier and more effective.

Magnetic Retractor Demo
This is a demonstration of magnetic retractor lifting a liver.
Credit: Joe Howell,


Closed-Loop Control of Local Magnetic Actuation for Robotic Surgical Instruments. DOI:10.1109/TRO.2014.2382851

Jacopo Buzzi and from the Polytechnic of Milan and Vanderbilt doctoral student Marco Beccani also contributed to the research, which was funded by National Science Foundation grant 1239355.

Vanderbilt University